NKF Burbage v Lutterworth Town

3pm  2 April 2016

Leicestershire Senior League, Division One
NKF Burbage 0 Lutterworth Town 1 (att 70)

NKF Burbage's debut season in the Leicestershire Senior League has been a good one. They look likely to finish runners-up, although this defeat gives visitors Lutterworth hope that they could still overhaul their hosts.

Lutterworth certainly celebrated their third minute goal with enthusiasm, and greeted the final whistle as if this was a vital three points. There seemed plenty of needle between the sides, perhaps the season's earlier meetings, in league and cup, had been controversial affairs.

Having taken an early lead, Lutterworth did a good job of defending their advantage. Apart from a period just before half time, with Burbage failed to make the most of their chances, the visitors' lead was rarely threatened.

NFK stands for National Kidney Federation, and when the club was set up in 2009 they adopted the name to raise awareness of the charity. Next season, when they should be playing "step seven" football in the premier division, they'll be sharing the ground of neighbours Barwell. It was their imminent move which prompted me to visit their Britannia Road base for this game.

It's a basic venue, little more than a public park. Most spectators stood on the grass bank that runs along the near side, which was taped off. The far side wasn't taped, roped or railed. The park's main pitch is used for rugby, but despite a fixture taking place there were plenty more people watching the round ball game.

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